The Silent Derby | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

MONDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2015

Last night was a sad day for football, as we witnessed Derby
della Capitale in silence without fans.

The famous derby between Roman rivals AS Roma and S.S Lazio
boasts to be the biggest derby in Italy.

Both sets of Ultras supporters agreed to boycott the game
prior to kick-off. There were no pre-match TIFO, or pyrotechnics or noise, just
empty seats.

The two active supporter groups were without their famous
Curva Sud and Biancocoleste Curva, which acts as a 12th man for both
teams.

Both Lazio and Roma ultras mutually decided to boycott the
match, in protest against the Italian Football Federation.

The big boys of the Serie A have decided to barricade off
the Curva, along with an army of stewards. It’s something which the Roma fans have
been outraged with, and have been in a constant battle with officials all
season long.

Roma won the derby 2-0 last night, despite being
overshadowed by the bigger issue.

I Giallorossi is
on course to win their first Scudetto
in 15 years, and will need the fans more than ever to be a 12th man
in the journey.

Let’s hope this mess doesn’t continue for too much longer…

 North London Derby
ends in stalemate

 There is a known hatred between Arsenal and Tottenham fans, which
always provides for a fiery fixture.

Tottenham were all over the Gunners for 75 minutes, finding
an early goal through their prominent son Harry Kane.

This game wasn’t for the faint hearted, as challenges from
both teams equaled to 28 fouls.

Despite Tottenham’s dominance, Arsenal snatched the
equalizer in the 77th minute through Kieran Gibbs before nearly scoring
a late winner through Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman was unable to make use of a few easy chances
in front of goal, which would have caused an undeserving victory for the
Gunners.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech also took an influential part in the
match, making some crucial saves to keep Arsenal in the match.

Spurs remain five points behind Arsenal, and will be hoping
to win at home against West Ham next week.

 Neymar brilliance

Neymar has just scored one of the goals of the season, in
Barcelona’s 3-0 victory against Villareal. The young Brazilian striker scored a
brace which has kept the Catalan’s on top of the table.

Funnily enough, it took Barca an hour to score the first,
which led to an opening of the floodgates.

Neymar’s final goal provided a modern day version of
Ronaldinho’s Joga Bonito. Neymar flicked the ball over the defender before
spinning and finishing in style.

Absolutely insane!

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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